UV printing is a form of digital printing that uses ultra-violet lights to dry or cure ink as it is printed. As the printer distributes ink on the surface of a material, specially designed UV lights follow close behind, “curing” or “drying” the ink instantly.
The use of digital UV printing is certainly a hot topic in the printing world right now. It is the fastest growing sector of digital inkjet printing and more sustainable than conventional printing.
UV printing technology offers users direct-printing capabilities onto a virtually limitless range of three-dimensional media allowing quick and easy product customisation. The UV ink is printed directly onto the substrate and when the inks are exposed to UV light they turn from a liquid, to a solid instantly.
UV printing technology is a growing trend in the printing industry replacing traditional screen and pad printing applications. The main difference between the two is that the UV ink is cured using a photomechanical process rather than solvent evaporation therefore eliminating VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds). Printing with UV allows printers to work in a cleaner and safer environment due to the zero emission of solvents into the air. The environment also benefits through the lack of need to use solvents in the clean-up process.
Please note for an award to be UV printed, it must have a completely flat surface and be laid flat horizontally. However, if you are still wanting your awards in colour, we can also arrange for a UV transfer, as per the glass shown below!
If you're wanting something to stand out from the crowd, then a UV printed award would be the right thing for you. Send us an email and we can send you a quote!